from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped, of the family Viverridæ, Viverra zibetha, a kind of civet found in India and some of the adjacent islands; the Asiatic or Indian civet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A carnivorous mammal (Viverra zibetha) closely allied to the civet, from which it differs in having the spots on the body less distinct, the throat whiter, and the black rings on the tail more numerous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic The large Indian civet, Viverra zibetha.


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  • African cibet and the Chinese and Indian zibet, yield), including the hyaena civet from the Cape of Good Hope: genets and ichneumons, which will be found on the lower shelves; and the Mexican house-marten.

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  • A civet cat of India and southeast Asia.

    April 3, 2008

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    August 25, 2008